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Remodeling Your Dallas Kitchen? Make it Work for You

The kitchen is, in many respects, the heart of the home. As we trudge through the rest of winter’s chill, it’s easy to find comfort in the joy of using this space to entertain and demonstrate love for family, friends, and guests. The well-designed kitchen is never short on beautiful design elements, but they also should be thought-out to accommodate for function, from prep to cooking to cleanup.

Kitchen Remodel

Carefully thought out and structured storage is often the key element to a functional kitchen; a professionally designed cabinet a drawer plan will set a homeowner up for optimum organization and function. Nothing makes the home-cook happy like a space that’s streamlined with easy viewing. Whether your space allows for a pantry or you’re sticking with Lazy Susan cabinets and deep drawers, food items should be placed with like and kind, and labels are best pointed out for easy viewing. At Hatfield (now Alair Homes- Plano), we love turning under-utilized space into clear and functional, usable cabinets that will be enjoyed daily. Consider building a spice rack into your cabinet layout, as easy access to these treasures can render your meals infinitely more flavorful – who wants to dig around looking for that jar of thyme?

Even before storage though, it’s important to brainstorm the perfect work triangle. for your kitchen The triangle is an imaginary straight line drawn from the center of the sink to the center of the refrigerator and back to the sink. This logical space promotes easy access to the key items you’ll be using as you create and clean up meals for your family.

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A solid prep space is also essential – you’ll want to make sure that cutting boards, measuring cups, and other prep items are located nearby. Some kitchens benefit from built-in tools or features, think butcher block or storage extra. Many of our clients opt for a pullout trash cabinet which has multiple benefits including the obvious – not having to see the trash! A built-in wine cooler or microwave drawer are other unique options to include. It’s all about stashing the essentials to make your kitchen work for you, while upholding a streamlined and open look.

An open countertop space featuring a large slab of gorgeous natural stone keeps the aesthetic clean and simple and lends to lots of prep room. When prepping food, consider keeping a plastic bag inside of the sink on one end for dumping any items that don’t go in the garbage disposal. Rather than having to scoop and clean when your food goes in the oven, your trash will be pre-assembled and you can just knot the bag and dump into in the can. Done!

And let’s talk appliances – even if your budget only allows one or two top-rate appliances, a good range is the way to go. We recommend Thermador or Kitchen Aid for their efficiency, style, and cooking capabilities. A bonus with these brands is that they aren’t excessively harsh on your wallet. When planning your kitchen remodel, don’t think only of what looks pretty but also what works. You’ll probably be surprised to find that appliances from these awesome brands bring you both the looks and the function you seek.

Posted on: February 24, 2015

Chef’s Corner

Missed the Valentine’s Day dinner? Making a romantic meal in your kitchen can happen any time – there’s no need for a holiday. As red is a color of love, it’s a great theme to build your dish around. No need to go for all-out decadence, either. At this time of year many of us are starting to think about swim season just around the corner and the calorie watching begins! Try these baked, stuffed peppers from Dashing Dish for a delicious and nutritious take on dinner that’s easily romanticized with the right bottle of red wine and some candlelight.


recipe1 lb Lean ground turkey (Or lean ground beef)
3 Red bell peppers
2 cups Spaghetti sauce
1 tsp Basil/oregano seasoning (or any blend of Italian herbs)
1tsp Garlic powder (or 1 garlic clove, pressed)
1/2 tsp Salt and pepper
1/2 cup Frozen chopped spinach (or veggie of choice) or (de-thawed and squeezed dry with paper towel)
2 tbs Grated parmesan cheese + 6 tbs to garnish over the top of each pepper

Optional 1 tsp (or 1 packet) low calorie sweetener of choice to put in the sauce (We like our sauce slightly sweet)


Pre-heat oven to 450 degrees. Line baking sheet with foil, (for easy clean up), coat with non-stick cooking spray. Wash red peppers, and cut around the stem to remove.

Remove the stems.

Cut peppers in half length-wise, and remove the seeds and ribs inside the peppers. Set peppers on baking pan.
Meanwhile, cook ground turkey in a large non-stick pan over medium-high heat. Stir and break up the turkey while it’s cooking. When turkey is almost completely cooked through, add the sauce and seasonings to the pan. Stir and continue to cook until the turkey is completely cooked (when it is no longer pink). Add the spinach and parmesan and stir until everything is well combined.

Scoop 1/2 cup of the turkey mixture into each pepper.
Sprinkle 1 tbs parmesan over each pepper (or another low fat shredded cheese, such as mozzarella).
Bake for 20-30 minutes, or until cheese is melted, and lightly golden brown.
Remove from the oven, let cool, and enjoy!!!


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    Initial Meetings
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    Space Measurement
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    Project Selection Meeting
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    Design Package Review
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    Initial Budget Review
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    Selection Finalization
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    Construction Agreement & Deposit
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    Pre-Construction Hand-Off Meeting
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